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Release Notes: Managing Late Writers

Today we’re excited to release an update to the “Create Review Groups” tool in the instructor’s review builder interface.


Today’s update helps address the problem we see in the screenshot above. In Group 1, Julie, Carl, and Jonathan are assigned to give feedback to Carolyn, but until Carolyn turns in her writing, the others can’t finish their work giving her feedback.

This is where the new “Don’t group late writers” option above comes into play. Using this option, instructors can automatically build groups while excluding late writers, leaving them “ungrouped” and building groups with only writers who are ready for feedback.  Instructors can move these students as their work is completed, dragging-and-dropping them to an existing group, or put into a new group with other late write. This new option makes that sorting process much easier.

See also: our new tutorial on strategies for handling late writers. The new “late writers” option is one tool for building groups, but this tutorial addresses some strategies to help you do that more effectively.

Also included in this release:

  • icons placed next to late writers now displayed consistently
  • colors for group boxes (yellow for incomplete, red for late writers, green for ‘all set’) now work consistently
  • the “ungrouped writers” box now scales to the full height of the window, making it easy to drag-and-drop writers in large courses

Thanks, as always, for your continued feedback which helps us understand how Eli Review can work better for instructors and for students. If you have any additional feedback, please feel free to reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter, or email at

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